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The bomb for Australia? (Part 1)

By Ramesh Thakur In this three-part series, I examine the counter-arguments that proponents of Australia obtaining nuclear weapons need to address before the nation contemplates such a move. A heavyweight trio of Australia’s strategic...

Youth in PNG: challenges to building a positive future

By Alexander ‘Sandy’ McLachlan Hip hop performances, rousing speeches, face painting and smiles created an energetic atmosphere at the International Youth Day Celebrations held in August in Port Moresby. The celebrations brought many organisations...

Indonesia: strategic threat or strategic partner?

By Evan Laksmana Does Indonesia pose a strategic risk for Australia? The answer might be ‘no’ if one looks at the recently released Australian foreign policy white paper. It argues that Indonesia—along with Japan,...

The Islamic scramble for Jerusalem

By Jacob Rosen-Koenigsbuch Three recent articles in The Strategist about President Donald Trump’s Jerusalem declaration—by Peter Rodgers, Mike Scrafton and Richard Haass—demonstrate that we’re dealing with narratives, concepts and emotions that no logical arguments...

Giving democracy the finger

By Christopher R. Hill Some of the most iconic—and perhaps misleading—news images of the 21st century were of smiling Iraqis holding up their purple-ink-stained index fingers to show that they had voted in their...

Labor for Aid: how much will it cost?

By Stephen Howes A new campaign seeks to write a positive aid policy into the Australian Labor Party (ALP) national party platform. Labor for Aid has three demands that it is trying to get...

The joys of Asia’s economic miracle

By Graeme Dobell For the past 50 years in Asia, the economists have consistently beaten the strategists in the crystal ball stakes. Over those decades, you’d have done better going to an economist rather...

The Annual Report

By Russian Defense Policy Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin addressed an expanded session of the MOD Collegium at the new RVSN training facility in Balashikha on December 22. According to the Kremlin.ru transcript, Putin...

Deconstructing Turkey’s foreign policy

By Isaac Kfir Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has redefined Turkey’s foreign policy, making it more independent and nationalist. The key to the new policy is a shift in Turkey’s security concerns, as the country has...

Zuma: A New Twist On Space Radar?

By Colin Clark WASHINGTON: Before we go any further, this story is based on direct observations of what was believed to be the so-called Zuma satellite, as well as a lot of spookily sourced...

Pacific predictions: what to expect in 2018

By Tess Newton Cain Following an eventful 2017, what does this year hold for the Pacific island region? Politically, the general elections in Fiji are probably the most significant event on the horizon. The...

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